Limerick to go greener than usual for this year’s St Patrick’s Day Parade

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17/03/19 REPRO FREE Darak and Adrian at Limericks Saint Patricks day parade in 2019. Pic Sean Curtin True Media.

THE THEME of this year’s Limerick St Patrick’s Day Parade has been announced as ‘Our Future is Green’.

Limerick’s businesses, community, sporting, and voluntary groups are being asked to showcase their green credentials as part of this year’s Limerick St Patrick’s Festival.

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Limerick’s St Patrick’s Day Parade is one of the biggest in the country, with thousands of participants from at home and further afield.

Aoife Potter-Cogan, responsible for Festivals and Events with Limerick City and County Council said, “This year’s Limerick St Patrick’s Festival theme turns Green. We don’t just mean green shamrocks but all things environmental. We are asking the people of Limerick to be ambassadors for Limerick’s European Green Leaf Year. It is an important year for Limerick, one where we think about our environmental future and want to explore what this means to us, the people of Limerick, in imaginative and engaging ways.”

They are encouraging participants to use green alternatives and/or recycled materials where possible, and are asking participants what “their Green Action for 2020 is”.

Limerick City and County Council are also encouraging participants to consider “greener alternative” ways of getting to and from the parade, such as car-pooling, public transport, cycling, or walking.

“We want to explore this important topic in imaginative and engaging ways and to remind people that our climate is a very fragile thing and to celebrate Limerick’s designation as a European Green Leaf City for 2020. We are asking you, the people of Limerick to be ambassadors for Limerick’s European Green Leaf Year,” A Limerick City and County Council spokesperson said.

The European Green Leaf Award is a competition aimed at cities and towns across Europe, with populations between 20,000 and 100,000 inhabitants. The award recognises commitment to better environmental outcomes, with a particular focus on efforts to generate green growth and new jobs. Limerick has been awarded the Green Leaf designation for 2020.

Mayor of the City and County of Limerick Cllr Michael Sheahan said, “By embracing the green theme, participants will be able to celebrate our National Day and be conscious of a very important issue at the same time.

“I am calling on all those in businesses organisations and sports clubs to use their imaginations and come up with some creative and informative entries for this year’s parade.”

Limerick St. Patrick’s Festival 2020 is managed by event management company, Grooveyard on behalf of Limerick City and County Council and is supported by Fáilte Ireland.

Continuing the green theme Limerick City and County Council will, this year, use a paperless registration process.

To register to take part in the Limerick St. Patrick’s Day Parade 2020, you can complete the online Registration Form available at www.limerick.ie/stpatricksfestival/st-patricks-day-parade/2020-application-form.

For more information please contact 061 557464 or [email protected]

Closing date for receipt of completed forms is Friday 28 February 2020. Please note that community groups and those participating using the parade theme for their entry will be prioritised.

Keep up to date with the full St. Patrick’s Festival line-up, on www.limerick.ie/stpatricksfestival

Limerick St. Patrick’s Festival 2019 from Limerick.ie on Vimeo.